Busy lives mean it’s often difficult to spend time with family, so escaping on holiday is the perfect way to reconnect with relatives. But trying to select a destination that suits all tastes can be tricky – especially when different generations are involved. If you’re planning a break with teens, tweens and grannies, follow our tips to ensure things run as smoothly as possible.
Choose accommodation with ample social spaces and plenty of hideaways for people to enjoy some privacy. Self catering villas are a good option, as they offer more freedom, but if you want a break from the kitchen, some companies, such as CV Villas, also provide private chefs on request.
Be too ambitious. Things take longer when more people are involved, so don’t try to pack too much into one day. Instead, agree on a few activities that everyone can enjoy. After all – the point of your holiday is to spend time together.
Consider babysitting options to allow adults an opportunity to socialise together. If you have young children, enquire about childminding facilities or kids’ clubs. Family-friendly hotels like Sani Resort in Greece even offer a ‘Beach Babes’ childminding service to take care of little ones while parents sunbathe.
Be too adventurous. Consider the age and fitness level of everyone on the trip. For instance, the idea of a diving holiday in the Philippines may appeal to some members of the group but could be too challenging for others. Try to reach a compromise and choose a base with access to lots of different activities.
Think about a cruise. Floating hotels may sound off-putting, but large cruise ships offer a huge selection of activities, restaurants, spas and other facilities, all under one roof. A safe environment also means parents can allow children to play and make friends in the knowledge they won’t run into trouble. Royal Caribbean is particularly well equipped for large families.
Leave planning to the last minute. With so many different tastes and interests to accommodate, multi-generational trips require meticulous preparation. Put one person in charge of the operation and get them to send out a few options to everyone involved. Decide on a clear plan before you go away to avoid unnecessary arguments.
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